We recently acquired a chest of sixteen drawers left on the side of the road. The drawers had previously been used in a school for art supplies. There are wonderful writings on the insides and backs of the drawers attesting to their long years of exposure to creative students, including the dried and well preserved wad of chewing gum. Each drawer, beautifully made with dovetail construction from years gone by, keeps its well-earned patina, marks and splatters from hard usage.
Each drawer on its own is a unique piece of art, in my mind, and I couldn’t think of a better way to preserve them than to use them in this ‘Junk Drawer’ project. We all have that junk drawer in the kitchen, front hall, or in the garage. You know the one. The drawer that seems to collect all the bits and pieces that you don’t know what to do with and aren’t sure if you should keep them or throw them away. Drawers are the perfect places to hide these bits of junk so you don’t have to see them nor think about them. Well, no longer. Look at how beautiful and interesting junk can be!
Broken glass, sea glass, rock and bottle tops.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_shellsrocksdrawersm.jpg]From The Sea
Shells, rocks and sea glass.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_toydrawersm.jpg]Toy Chest
We can't throw that away, Mom![img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_victoriandrawersm.jpg]Victorian Lady
All things pretty.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_workshopdrawersm.jpg]The Workshop
This will come in handy one day, I'm sure.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_makeupdrawersm.jpg]Make Up Drawer
The styles have changed since then.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_diningroomdrawersm.jpg]Dining Room Drawer
I'm sure we'll need these one day.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_flowersbeadsdrawersm.jpg]Junk Garden
Too pretty to throw away.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_kidsdrawersm.jpg]The Kids Drawer
That's where that went![img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_kitchendrawersm.jpg]Kitchen Junk Drawer
Bread tags! What a surprise.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_officeoutdateddrawersm.jpg]The Old Office
Out of date, out of time.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_retiredmandrawersm.jpg]The Retired Gentleman
Watches, wallet and loose change.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_buttonsnbeadssm.jpg]Buttons and Beads
All buttons, all beads.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_topsm.jpg]Top View - Buttons and Beads
[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_jewelryjunksm.jpg]Seriously Junk
Donated junk drawer items.[img src=http://www.cailingreen.com/wp-content/flagallery/junk-drawers/thumbs/thumbs_tuningpegssm.jpg]Out of Tune
Tuning pegs and parts from a 100 year old piano.